The baseball universe is still talking about David Stearns and his decision to step aside as the Milwaukee Brewers‘ president of baseball operations on Thursday.
He will remain as an advisor to the baseball operations department, but Matt Arnold will now lead the Brewers on that front.
For now, Stearns will remain with the Brewers as he has one year left on his contract.
However, it is believed that his decision now makes it easier for him to leave the franchise if the right opportunity comes along.
Stearns Will Be There To Help The Brewers As An Advisor For At Least A Year
In any case, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is at peace regarding the 2023 campaign and the future of the franchise.
“Mark Attanasio on the transition from David Stearns to Matt Arnold at the top of the Brewers’ baseball ops department: ‘The way I look at it is you have a pilot and a co-pilot, and now the co-pilot is sliding over to the lead pilot’s seat. He knows how to fly the plane,'” Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy tweeted, quoting the boss.
Mark Attanasio on the transition from David Stearns to Matt Arnold at the top of the Brewers' baseball ops department:
"The way I look at it is you have a pilot and a co-pilot, and now the co-pilot is sliding over to the lead pilot's seat. He knows how to fly the plane."
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 27, 2022
It’s actually an accurate metaphor of what’s happening in Milwaukee.
Stearns had led the way since the mid-2010s and built a franchise capable of perennially contending for the NL Central title.
It was the Brewers’ most productive period in their history when it comes to playoff appearances.
Now, Stearns will serve as an advisor while Arnold gets to make the decisions concerning baseball.
His ability will be tested and he will be under frequent scrutiny by media and fans, just because he will likely be compared with Stearns.
It’s the opportunity of his life, though.